Alstom announced that it had won a contract “About 900 million euros” The next ten years included the maintenance of VLocity and Classic regional trains in the Australian state of Victoria. Built in Melbourne since 2003, the VLocity fleet will be maintained at the former Bombardier Dandenong site, acquired by Alstom, with classic trains at West Melbourne, South Tynan and Ballarat East sites. “Getting hundreds of jobs across Victoria over the next decade”. Alstom notes that 98% of the workforce involved in maintaining VLocity and Classic trains is based in this south-eastern Australian state, and 69% of maintenance equipment is provided by local suppliers. Throughout the duration of the contract, Alstom undertook to dedicate, “6% of its spend goes to 40 community-oriented suppliers in the region”At the South Tynan site, the aim is to improve the reliability and availability of rolling stock through predictive maintenance while installing a train health control center inspired by Alstom's passenger control center in the UK. “Local Victorian suppliers will play a key role in the supply of spare parts, modifications, repairs, preventive maintenance and wheel machining”Pascal Dupont, Alstom CEO for Australia and New Zealand added.
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